Leone Ross

Leone Ross

Website: www.leoneross.com “...[Ross] is a pointilliste, a master of detail whose world materialises in clusters of precisely placed dots of colour.” - Maggie Gee, Times Literary Supplement "The effect is mesmerising, shocking, unforgettable..." - Bernardine Evaristo, The Guardian Leone Ross is a Jamaican/British novelist and short story writer, writing magic realism, horror fiction, erotica and psychological drama. She has published two critically praised novels, All The Blood Is Red (ARP/Actes Sud) and Orange Laughter (Anchor/Farrar Straus & Giroux/Picador). Her third novel is This One Sky Day in the UK [Faber & Faber] and titled Popisho in the USA [Farrar, Straus & Giroux]. It is published in April 2021. Orange Laughter was shortlisted for the UK Orange Prize and named by Wasafiri magazine as one of the most influential British novels of the last 25 years in 2010. Ross's short fiction has been published in more than 25 anthologies in the USA, UK and Australia including the Brown Sugar series (Dutton Plume, USA), the Dark Matter series (Warner, USA) and Best of British Short Stories (Salt, UK) series. Her stories have been published by Penguin, Random House, Canongate and Sceptre Press, among others, and translated into Spanish, French and Slovak. Leone Ross's first short story collection, Come Let Us Sing Anyway was published June 5th, 2017 by Peepal Tree Press.Her work placed second for the UK V.S Pritchett Prize in 2009 and was shortlisted for Salt Publishing's Scott Prize, the Edge Hill Prize, placed runner-up in the Saboteur Awards and nominated for the Jhalak Prize in 2018. Ross has been a teacher of creative writing for more than twenty years. On THIS ONE SKY DAY/POPISHO: “Popisho mixes lush, descriptive prose with the unrepentant wildness of folktales. Hands that can heal, palms that glow silver, body parts that abruptly fall off even though their owners keep living. The fierceness of this novel in its imagery, in its ideas about women, the way it spoke to so many concerns of now drew me in, but the caramel of the relationships, the way Ross writes about intimacy kept me enthralled.” – Megan Giddings, author of Lakewood “I feel like I have been waiting my whole life to read a novel this expansive, this generous, this full of magic and massive personality. Ross is a marvel of a writer...” – Amber Sparks, author of And I Do Not Forgive You "This One Sky Day blisters with life, love, grief and magic." - Niven Govinden, author of This Brutal House "Beautiful and heartbreaking; magical and devastating." - James Smythe, author of The Machine & I Still Dream On COME LET US SING ANYWAY: It really is a fantastic read. Ross's wild imagination is always elegant, pitch perfect and illuminating. These stories take on our selves as complicated sexual beings and makes sense of it all. No other writer I know if could have written this. - Kei Miller "To read Leone Ross' stories is to be witness to an expert conjuring act in which fantasy and reality collide in breathtaking, beautiful ways. She sees the world through fractured glass, but the reflection is somehow inspiring and true." - Rob Shearman WHAT THE CRITICS SAY (of Orange Laughter) "Not only a powerful story, this exceptionally fine novel is also a sophisticated examination of memory, madness and the saving graces of the imagination." - The Daily Telegraph "...an intricate tale of love and painful secrets..." - Interview magazine "...her voice is so fresh, taking us to childhood moments so expertly rendered..." - Washington Post "...a literary rollercoaster..." - People magazine *** "Leone Ross has a powerful style, a taste for complex organisation and a strong imagination...Orange Laughter is a brilliant novel...." - World Literature Today "There is no shortage of powerful material in this excellent tale of discrimination, fear and prejudice in New York and the horrors of the KKK in the Deep South. Very much for the Alice Walker/Toni Morrison market and much praised by our reader. Flawless." - The Bookseller "Chillingly real--raw, naked in its desperation, darting to the edge of sanity and back. Ross has created a powerful story and unforgettable characters." - Booklist "The finely controlled pacing yields an emotional clout as chilling as the times it evokes. Literate and accomplished." -Publishers Weekly
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